YA Books About/Mentioning Depression, Self-Harm And Suicide

TRIGGER WARNING: Please, if you have mental health issues, don’t read these. They can be really triggering and they kept me stuck in my depression for way too long. I promise you, reading about your issues will not help you understand them better, it will just make your sadder.

PLEASE DO NOT ADD ANY SELF-HELP BOOKS / ANYTHING THAT IS NOT YOUNG ADULT FICTION.
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271 books · 865 voters · list created October 16th, 2011 by Lauren (votes) .
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message 1: by Sara (new)

Sara Thank you so much for having this list on Goodreads. I am looking to write a review on YAL that addresses teen depression and suicide and found this list to be a helpful reminder of titles I've read and those I haven't but want to before writing this review.

Sincerely,
Sara


message 2: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Sara wrote: "Thank you so much for having this list on Goodreads. I am looking to write a review on YAL that addresses teen depression and suicide and found this list to be a helpful reminder of titles I've rea..."

You're very welcome! :)


message 3: by Lily (new)

Lily Beeson-Norwitz My Heart and Other Black Holes should be on this list. This list is very well thought out.


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

Lily wrote: "My Heart and Other Black Holes should be on this list. This list is very well thought out."

Absolutely. I just finished reading it the day before yesterday, and it's honestly one of the most realistically described fictional depression that I've read so far. The black slug comparison is fantastic.


message 5: by Nahir (new)

Nahir My Heat and Other Black Holes is listed twice


message 6: by Emi (new)

Emi Schrock 13 reasons why is on the list twice. #1 and #57.


message 7: by Allie (new)

Allie Hey y'all,

I just started a new book club called "Damage" under groups that you can join if you'd like! It focuses on reading a book every other month that is about physical, mental, emotional, or intellectual differences. (And yes, I redefine how "damage" should be viewed in the group description!) Hope you join!


message 8: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Allie wrote: "Hey y'all,

I just started a new book club called "Damage" under groups that you can join if you'd like! It focuses on reading a book every other month that is about physical, mental, emotional, or..."


Hey, this is really cool! I can't find it by searching for 'damage' under Groups, though. Can you insert a link?


message 9: by Allie (new)

Allie Lauren wrote: "Allie wrote: "Hey y'all,

I just started a new book club called "Damage" under groups that you can join if you'd like! It focuses on reading a book every other month that is about physical, mental,..."


Sure!
https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...


message 10: by Sheryl (last edited Nov 28, 2018 11:40AM) (new)

Sheryl Hill Support groups for PTSD, depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses should be led by professionals. Please do not join such groups on the Internet.

Books can be very healing if used to distract yourself from pain, allowing your mind and body to heal.

Please add/vote on books in the "Best Trigger-Free Fiction for YA, Adult, Teen" list. Its primary focus is to avoid the above books and books that contain sexual assault or excessive violence.

Also, please tag books as "triggers" or "trigger-free." Thank you.


message 11: by Liralen (new)

Liralen Removed The Widow Next Door, which is neither fiction nor written for young adults.


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